Scorched earth for the Church

From David Warren at The Catholic Thing:The current headline issue is Communion for the divorced and remarried; Fernández works on how to achieve it, now. But as he must be aware, it is stalking horse for the “reform” of the entire outlook and teaching of Holy Church. It is the key to opening every stable door.

The fundamental issue is touched in all Christian and Catholic moral thinking. Are there acts that are definitively and absolutely wrong? Iniquities for which there can be no excuse, no extenuating circumstances? Moral injunctions one cannot “get around”? Mistakes that can only be confessed; consequences that must then be faced down?

Or are right and wrong only situational? Can the end sometimes justify the means; or can the wrongdoer plead that his act, though “objectively” evil, was for him in his exceptional situation (or more likely his very commonplace situation), “subjectively” okay? Shouldn’t his “next time I’ll do better” fix everything?

This is where we need unambiguous clarification, and from a pope. John Paul II provided it, in Veritatis Splendor, from a profound understanding of what the Church is.


Reality check: As anyone familiar with the demographics knows, churches that go this route die. I used to wonder why no one had noticed the pattern.

Then it occurred to me, if you know your grandchildren won’t really be Christians in any traditional sense (and you wouldn’t want them to be anyway), why leave a church in place? Scorched earth is best.

If a church, supposedly founded by Jesus, bends on millennial teachings based on Jesus’ own clear commands, in order to gain a possibly temporary secular advantage, why should anyone believe anything it says?

See also: Some thoughts on the extinction of the Anglican Church of Canada

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  • CodexCoder

    First, the Catholic church has been off the rails for a long time, ever since Thomas Aquinas said that man could have correct thinking without divine influence. That led to the Magisterium – the body of Catholic doctrine that exists without Biblical authority. As part of the whole problem is Papal authority – when he disagrees with the Bible, he has none. Christ was referring to himself as the rock upon which the church was to be built, not Peter (whose name means rock) because God clearly says that He will not share his authority with another – it is being sovereign.

    That was the whole point of the Reformation (you’ll notice that the Catholic Church was not on board for that one) which said that any man, with the backing of the Bible, could stand against the world.

    Are Protestant denominations without fault? I am part of that world and the answer is “No”. We have allowed ourselves to be controlled by the culture in that we won’t speak out about evil with impunity which includes, but is not limited to abortion, LGTBQ morality, political lying, and the list goes on. And why won’t we speak out? Because we might lose our charitable status and our big buildings. And sometimes we just don’t have a hard and fast answer. And even more damning is that we allow immorality (as defined within Holy Writ) within our own groups.

    And yes, the author is correct – allowing this to continue will be our demise. Not of the Church Universal, but of local groups that don’t keep watch.The remedy is simple:

    II Chronicles 7:14 – if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

  • ontario john

    There have been many extensive studies on church growth and decline. And all of them come to the same conclusion. The more leftist or liberal a church becomes, the more it declines. While conservative churches grow or least keep its members.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      My wife’s grandmother was routinely preyed on by the church for donations to maintain a derelict church in rural Manitoba.
      We buried her there a few years ago.
      There hasn’t been an active congregation there in a very long long time.